Wellbeing Advisor and Facilitator for Aid Sector Professionals and Change-Makers

Wellbeing is a collective effort. Let’s bring our humanity back into our organisations.

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Are you a humanitarian or change-maker wanting to share your struggles without feeling judged or misunderstood?

Do you feel unheard and unsupported by your colleagues or employer? 

Do you yearn to slow down, connect more with your needs, and the needs of your colleagues - whilst still pursuing your aspirations for social change and justice? 

If you have answered yes to any one of these questions - I am here to help you!

Drawing on 15 years of work within the sector, cutting edge doctoral research and my own journey out of burnout, I am here to transform our working environments and our capacities as change-makers.

I offer wellbeing practices, group workshops and one-to-one advisory and mentoring services to support you and your organisation in regaining a sense of purpose, living by your values and creating healthier, more compassionate workplaces.

My approach is based on feminist values of inclusion and connection, respect for diversity and difference, and a commitment to collective care.

You can find many of my ideas, recommendations and practices on transforming organisational culture in my new book The Vulnerable Humanitarian: Ending Burnout Culture in the Aid Sector.

I run a Book Circle! Want to join?

The book circle is a global online space to explore the findings and recommendations of the book, and to share reflections and ideas on changing organisational culture and cultivating greater self- and collective care. Please contact me to find out more! Sessions run on Thursdays, 5-6.30pm UTC and Friday, 1-2.30pm UTC.

I believe it's time to completely change the way we work, and how we relate to each other as change-makers. Time to stop living by old systems and values that leave us stuck and disconnected from ourselves and each other.

I am on a quest to create workplaces and communities that respect who we are and how we got here, and celebrates all that we can contribute.

What are you contributing? Get in touch, I'd love to hear from you!


Praise for The Vulnerable Humanitarian: Ending Burnout Culture in the Aid Sector.

This book belongs to the library of every humanitarian. This is not just because they will find it interesting but because it is a book most of us have been long waiting for. Gemma manages to masterfully bring together two seemingly incompatible worlds. First, she forces readers to expose themselves to the many painful truths about our sector. She then goes on to share concrete advice on how we can actually transform it into a space that is more inclusive, safer and that puts care at the very centre of it, not only for the communities we work with but for our humanitarian colleagues as well.

Serap Altinisik, Head of Office, Plan International EU Office

A powerfully written and illuminating book that lifts the lid on the struggle of burnout and how we navigate our way out of it - a must read.

Yasmin Khan, food and travel writer, broadcaster and author

Perhaps a book 70 years in its making, it is heartfelt to know that the self-reflection of aid workers and the unmet power of their emotional needs can be examined.   Not only the physical toll or emotional labour of this work, but also the need to address privilege within a global context of mental health justice, is an urgency for us all.

Atif Choudhury, Co-founder  and CEO of Diversity and Ability (D&A) and Zaytoun CiC 

A fascinating overview of the pathology of international aid as we do it today. Gemma's book is particularly valuable for its distinct understanding of national and international humanitarians, and for the organizational policies and therapies she suggests to help aid workers be better, and so feel better too.

Dr Hugo Slim, Las Casas Institute for Social Justice, Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford and formerly Head of Policy at the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Want to see some of my media work? You can find me on France 24, Voice of America, Open Democracy  and this podcast.

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